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Old 02 July 2011, 20:41   #7
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Originally Posted by willbloke View Post
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Your mothballed A1200 tower and A500 with A590 may yet surprise you.
I'd like to think so , but I've read about old HDs seizing up if not used for long periods .
There are no leaky batteries to worry about in either machine, unless you have a RAM expansion with RTC in the A500, or an accelerator or RTC in the A1200. Any faults after 10 years or so of not being used can usually be attributed to deterioration of capacitors - electrolytics especially - on the motherboards and in PSUs.

If the hard drives don't spin up at first, try tapping them firmly with the handle of a small screwdriver or knife. This can give them a jolt just sufficient to bring them to life without causing damage.

Good luck!
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